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Opposition Protest heightened Security at Parliament

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information pills this http://conocity.eu/wp-includes/simplepie/category.php geneva;”>nurse sans-serif; line-height: 115%;”>The party holds that the legislators have not done much to deserve the security and cannot prove to be any different from pigs.

The parliament police post this morning doubled security at the check points and there were longer queues at the entry check points.

Two university youth Robert Mayanja and Norman Tumuhimbise beat the tight security and sneaked in two yellow-painted swines in an apparent protest against unemployment.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Oulanya has since promised, after meeting with the security team, that such an incident would not happen again.


FDC however condemned this morning the move to have the MPs security biffed up at the expense of the taxpayer.

Party spokesperson Mr John Kikonyogo described as ‘diversionary’ the claims by some members that their lives are threatened by the shaky security system.

“We are keeping up to 100 police officers at parliament when our people are being killed daily for lack of proper deployment in the communities. What have they done to deserve all this protection!” wondered Kikonyogo.

He went on to justify the youths’ pig invasion as legal and deserving, and condemned their arrest and demanded for their immediate release.

“The youths were exercising their right to demonstrate, because they felt ignored by the legislators whom they elected to represent their interests,” he said.

Kikonyogo noted that the MPs being portrayed as pigs was spot-on, as reflected in reports that most of them are chocking on debts despite a Shs25M monthly take-home.

He went on, “pigs symbolize greed, filth and selfishness which is typical of our parliament. This cannot be classified as matter of security. It’s an issue of disgruntlement and a call for action.”

The party spokesperson further called for reduction on the size of the House in the looming constitutional amendments, noting the big numbers were largely to blame for the poor performance.

He proposed the number of MPs be reduced to 100 down from 280, noting that so far only about a third of it is active.

Security concerns have persisted at the national parliament, with citizens continuing to question the ever growing cost of the members’ safety.

In November last year, president Yoweri Museveni commissioned a Shs30billion parking lot of the members, which has since remained closed following more demands to have modern security system fitted.

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